Johnson College’s OBDII Emissions Training Course Now Enrolling

Johnson College’s Continuing Education department is enrolling students into its next OBDII Emissions Training. The class will be held on the Johnson College campus in Scranton on Monday, April 4, Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The class fee to be paid to Johnson College is $180, and a study material and testing fee of $39.99 is paid directly to the PA Training Portal. For more details, visit, call 570-702-8979, or email

The OBDII testing monitors a vehicle’s emission control systems in real-time and can inform a licensed technician of a systemic issue the moment it occurs. The system operates through a series of indicator lights, drive cycles, trouble codes, and readiness monitors. During an inspection, an emission analyzer scan tool plugs into the diagnostic connector attached to the OBDII computer and communicates with the vehicle. The OBDII system relays whether it has discovered errors in the emission control systems to the scan tool. The emission analyzer then determines if the car is being operated according to emission standards.

Marywood University to Hold Virtual Master of Fine Arts Information Session

Marywood University will hold a virtual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Information Session on Wednesday, March 30, from 4-5 p.m. This information session is free and open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a low-residency master of fine arts degree. To register, please visit

Marywood’s “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program for designers and illustrators is the oldest and best low-residency program in the country, designed for those who are working full time, but who are also interested in earning a terminal degree.

For additional information about Marywood University’s MFA Information Session, please contact Steven Brower, MFA, director of the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2569, or email

Marywood University Receives Grant For Scholarship Fund

Marywood University recently received a $340,000 grant to The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler endowed Scholarship fund, which was established in 2020 with a gift from the Foundation in the amount of $385,000.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established by Mr. and Mrs. Stabler in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. Students who receive a Stabler Scholarship commit to making contributions to the endowment scholarship fund after their graduation in an amount at least equal to what they received. This is a “debt of conscience” rather than a legal obligation, and it helps to create a culture of philanthropy in students who have received funding and support.

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University said, “This generous gift will create resources that best serve our students during these times that require flexibility and ingenuity—two bedrocks of a Marywood education founded in the liberal arts tradition. Because of The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, our resilient and innovative students will have the resources to emerge stronger and better. Their support indeed inspires the next generation of Marywood students to dedicate their lives to serve the common good.”

For additional information about Marywood University, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Encourage Donations for Ukraine

As we all know, there is a horrific war going on in the Ukraine. St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is organizing a drive for medical supplies and monetary donations to help the military and the citizens of the Ukraine.

Items requested are: toilet paper, non-perishables, diapers, pain medicines (Advil, Tylenol), gauze, bandages, and any other basic first aid items.

If you wish to donate the medical equipment, it can be dropped off at the church on 430 N. 7th Avenue, Scranton.

The supplies and monetary donations will have to be submitted by Friday, March 4, at 9 a.m. A shipping airfreight company in Philadelphia will leave Saturday and will land in Poland. The supplies will then be sent to the Ukraine over the weekend.

Monetary donations are also accepted. You can Venmo Olena Shemchuk at @Olena-shemchuk with your donations. ALL the proceeded will go directly to where they are needed the most. 

PIAA District II High School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Championships Presented by Allied Services

The PIAA District II High School Basketball Championships presented by Allied Services are set for this weekend at the ASM Global-managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township.

The Championship game schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 3rd

4:00 p.m. Susquehanna (Home) vs Forest City (Away) – Girls – 1-A

6:00 p.m. Dunmore (Home) vs Scranton Prep (Away) – Girls – 4-A

8:00 p.m. Holy Redeemer (Home) vs Riverside (Away) — Boys – 3-A

Friday, March 4th

4:00 p.m. Holy Cross (Home) vs Elk Lake (Away) – Girls – 2-A

6:00 p.m. Wilkes-Barre Area (Home) vs Hazleton Area (Away) – Girls – 6-A

8:00 p.m. Pittston Area (Home) vs North Pocono (Away) — Boys – 5-A

Saturday, March 5th

12:00 p.m. Western Wayne (Home) vs Riverside (Away) – Girls – 3-A

2:00 p.m. Holy Cross (Home) vs Old Forge (Away) – Boys – 2-A

4:00 p.m. Dallas (Home) vs Mid Valley (Away) — Boys 4-A

6:00 p.m. Pittston Area (Home) vs Abington Heights (Away) – Girls – 5-A

8:00 p.m. Scranton (Home) vs Williamsport (Away) – Boys – 6-A

Sunday, March 6th has been reserved for any weather-related cancellations.

Ticket prices for the District II finals at Mohegan Sun Arena are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale now at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena or online at Fans are encouraged to buy online to help get in the venue as fast as possible. Tickets sold online are mobile tickets only and are subject to additional convenience fees. Parking fees are included with the ticket price. Tickets are valid for all games scheduled on that day as long as you stay inside the venue. There is no free re-entry. If you choose to leave following a game and wish to return for another game you must pay the full ticket price. District II Gold passes will not be honored at Mohegan Sun Arena for the District II Championships.

Game programs will be available at the door courtesy of Allied Services with program donations going to support the rehabilitation of pediatric patients within Allied Services.

The PIAA District II committee and Mohegan Sun Arena would like to thank and acknowledge the following event sponsors: Allied Services, Price Chopper Market 32, McCarthy Tire, Luzerne County Community College, NBT Bank, Skyzone Pittston, NEPA Elite Basketball, Keystone College, Red Robin, Community Bank, N.A., Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, Pepsi and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

ASM Global reminds everyone attending events at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to please adhere to the new hygiene and security policies in place consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance for the safety of all participants, guests and employees at the arena including:

  • Face coverings are optional for all guests no matter vaccination status
  • Guests do not need to show physical proof of being fully vaccinated

If a guest is experiencing any of the following, we ask that you stay home:

  • A guest who has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • A guest who has a COVID-19 test result pending.
  • A guest who is under a healthcare provider’s care for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • A guest who has been exposed to COVID-19 (unless fully vaccinated).

ASM Global reminds fans coming to this weekend’s events to please adhere to the security policies in place for the safety of all guests and employees at the Mohegan Sun Arena. These new enhancements include walk-through metal detectors at every arena entrance and a clear bag policy permitting fans to bring their personal belongings in a clear tote not to exceed 12”x12”x6’. Purses, backpacks and diaper bags are no longer permitted inside Mohegan Sun Arena.

PLEASE NOTE: Mohegan Sun Arena is now a cashless venue. As part of our commitment to a contactless guest experience, all concessions sales inside Mohegan Sun Arena are now cashless transactions. We accept all major credit cards and mobile pay. The NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena will accept cash and credit cards for event ticket purchases. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online to avoid any delays in purchasing tickets at the gate when attending a game. For more information about this policy, please visit

For additional information about this event, please visit or For additional information about Allied Services, please visit